The 5 most important facts you should know about nutrition!
Without doubt, nutrition is the most conflicting, confusing, and contradictory subjects propagated by myths, memes, lore, institutions and associations. You can’t help but to be confused about nutrition. So, in our confusing world of nutrition, maybe it is time to get back to some commonsense fundamentals!
1. Nutrition is the third fundamental for life!
Fact: Nutrition is the third fundamental required to sustain life!
Yet, nutrition remains the most underestimated, underrated, and ignored fundamental required for a healthy life. As you know air, water, foods, and shelter, respectively, are the four fundamentals required to sustain life.
The quality of each of these fundamentals are directly associated with health and disease — the quality of your life.
As a fundamental, the primary purpose of nutrition is to provide a dynamic balance of essential nutrients for optimal health. Essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids must be consumed in the diet because they cannot be manufactured or synthesized by the body.
By maintaining a dynamic balance of essential nutrients, you have the greatest potential for a long and healthy life.
Nutrition is not an “alternative” therapy. Nutrition IS the third fundamental required to sustain life!
As gasoline (or diesel) is fuel for your car, nutrition is fuel for your mind and body. Without fuel, it is impossible to produce energy.
2. Your nutritional needs are unique!
Fact: You are a unique individual, with diverse nutritional needs!
The late Dr. Roger J. Williams, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas, and a long list of collaborators spent many years investigating and documenting the variability and individuality at the physiological and biochemical levels. Dr. Williams revealed this research in his excellent book Biochemical Individuality, 1956, available through Keats Publishing, Inc.
In summary, Dr. Williams’ research revealed each family member living in the same household and environment has their own unique nutritional needs.
So, stop buying into “canned” or “one size fits all” nutritional advice!
As you will discover throughout this website, numerous factors collectively contribute to your diverse nutritional needs (e.g., stress, medications, improper food and supplement choices, toxic elements, etc.).
In essence, everything in your life places specific demands on your nutritional biochemistry. This results in nutrient excesses and deficiencies that are unique to you.
Would you put diesel in your tank when your car requires gasoline (or vice versa)? All fuels (including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and others) are “chemically individual” to produce optimal energy. You, too, are subject to chemical individuality to produce optimal energy.
3. Nutrient Interrelationships are KEY to nutrition!
Fact: Nutrient interrelationships are the KEY to achieve optimal nutrition!
“Minerals have interrelationships with every other nutrient. Without optimum mineral levels in the body, the other nutrients are not effectively utilized.” Diet And Disease, (1968) ~Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin (author / coauthor of over 700 publications in international science journals and 25 books)
You are familiar with the well-publicized “synergistic” relationship between calcium and vitamin D. However, no one mentions calcium also has a dynamic relationship with magnesium, phosphorous, copper, sodium, potassium, selenium, vitamins K, A, C, and E.
As you can see, all nutrients possess dynamic interrelationships. Interrelationships are especially important between essential nutrients to maintain complete nutritional balance.
Nutrient interrelationships include any combination of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids. For example, mineral interrelationships include mineral/mineral, mineral/vitamin, mineral/amino acids, and mineral/vitamin/amino acids/fatty acids.
Combinations also include vitamin/vitamin, amino acid/amino acid, and fatty acid/fatty acid. In addition, many nutrients compete for intestinal absorption and cellular utilization.
“There are at least eighteen barriers to mineral absorption, which means that the minerals we consume do not necessarily wind up in our bodies.” Chelated Mineral Nutrition in Plants, Animals And Man, (1982) ~DeWayne Ashmead
When all nutrients are in a dynamic balance, they are synergistic with each other throughout all metabolic pathways in the mind and body. However, when nutrient excesses or deficiencies exist, they become antagonistic toward each other and disrupt metabolic pathways.
Your car requires a complex formula and blend of chemistry (interrelationships) to produce optimal energy. Octane (for gasoline) and cetane (for diesel) is a measurement for the production of optimal energy.
4. Toxins can disrupt your nutritional balance!
Fact: Toxins, including heavy metals, chemical toxins, and metabolic toxins interfere with and deplete essential nutrients!
Thanks to technological advancements (progress), you now live in the most toxic environment ever. With over 80,000 manmade chemicals and the intentional use of heavy metals throughout society, you are constantly exposed too myriad toxins.
It is not possible to avoid exposures!
However, all toxins interfere with many essential nutrients and without sufficient essential nutrients, it is difficult to properly detox the body.
Currently, a laboratory analyses that can determine how many or how much of any toxin remains in your body does not exist. The best that current technology can do is monitor exposure and elimination of toxic elements.
Like your car, any element that does not belong in the fuel such as water, dirt, improper chemicals, improper additives, or any other “toxin”, your car will not perform optimally and without removing all toxins, will produce constant problems (symptoms) and shorten its useful life (disease)!
5. Maintain a proper perspective about nutrition.
Fact: Nutrition is NOT the “cure-all” or “prevent-all” for human health!
Without doubt, nutrition is the ultimate fuel for optimal health. Unfortunately, most people turn to nutrition when the medical system fails in an attempt to improve their health. However, it is important to realize that nutrition is not a “cure-all” nor is it a “prevent-all.” Myriad factors completely out of your control such as genetics and epigenetics play important roles for your health throughout every stage of your life. You can thank your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents for this!
As such, optimizing your nutrition may circumvent certain metabolic disorders (symptoms or disease) that would potentially result from a state of subclinical malnutrition. This is easily seen with vitamin C and scurvy, vitamin D and rickets, and so on.
However, the point is simple. Don’t expect miracles!
Like your car, if you neglected regular oil changes and only burned poor quality fuels, you have already accelerated wear on numerous parts and components. You don’t get this wear back by starting to adhere to strict maintenance and fuel quality. However, you may increase the useful life from that point forward. Remember, even with the best maintenance program and only the best of fuel, your car will develop certain problems at some point in time and it will eventually come to the end of its useful life.
Convenient foods are not healthy – healthy foods are not convenient!
Share the knowledge!
If you find this page informative and helpful, please share it with your family and friends. If you choose HairAnalysisReport.com as your provider, please share that as well!
The content and laboratory services provided on this site are for educational and informational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease.
Image used under license from Shutterstock.com
“The combination of biochemical individuality and known functional utilities of allelic variants should converge to create a situation in which nutritional optima can be specified as part of comprehensive lifestyle prescriptions tailored to the needs of each person.” Robert B. Eckhardt, 2001 The American Society for Nutritional Sciences Genetic Research and Nutritional Individuality Source: The Journal of Nutrition
J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2008 Apr 15;866(1-2):26-47. Biochemical individuality reflected in chromatographic, electrophoretic and mass-spectrometric profiles. Novotny MV, Soini HA, Mechref Y. Source: Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. email@example.com
Am J Public Health Nations Health. 1957 June; 47(6): 767. Biochemical Individuality — The Basis for the Genetotrophic Concept Reviewed by Ancel Keys PMCID: PMC1551027
BERRY HK, CAIN L. Arch Biochem. 1949 Nov;24(1):179-89. Biochemical individuality; a paper chromatographic technique for determining excretion of amino acids in the presence of interfering substances.
Riscalla LM. Med Hypotheses. 1980 Jul;6(7):763-7. Biochemical individuality: a conceptual framework for multiple sclerosis.
Biofizika. 1980 Mar-Apr;25(2):250-7. Biochemical individuality of humans and invariants of regulation. Scale invariance of the characteristic of glycolysis in erythrocytes. Kholodenko BN.
Eckhardt RB. J Nutr. 2001 Feb;131(2):336S-9S. Genetic research and nutritional individuality. Source: Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.
Kałużna-Czaplińska J. Clin Biochem. 2011 Jun;44(8-9):686-91. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2011.01.015. Epub 2011 Feb 12. Noninvasive urinary organic acids test to assess biochemical and nutritional individuality in autistic children. Source: Institute of General and Ecological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz, 116 Zeromskiego Str., 90–924 Lodz, Poland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kadlubar FF. Drug Metab Rev. 1994;26(1-2):37-46. Biochemical individuality and its implications for drug and carcinogen metabolism: recent insights from acetyltransferase and cytochrome P4501A2 phenotyping and genotyping in humans. Source: Office of Research (HFT-100), National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, Arkansas 72079.